Heroes of the New South Awards: Civil Rights

February 4, 2013 | By | Comments (1)

ImageThis year marks the 50th anniversary of some of the most pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement. We’re reflecting on the pioneers who fought for equality and tolerance in that defining time, but we’re also looking for today’s civil rights heroes. They’re out there, and we need your help finding them.

In our second annual Heroes of the New South Awards, we will acknowledge groups and individuals breaking down the barriers that inhibit liberty, opportunity, and dignity for all people, without discrimination.

They are teachers, historians, artists, advocates, and volunteers.  They may lead an NGO, give voice to an unheard minority, interpret history through art or performance, or fight to overturn unjust laws. They are stewards of history, preachers of change, and committed to our region’s future. (See the 2012 Heroes of the New South Awards Winners.)

Our Heroes will be recognized in the September 2013 issue of Southern Living, and we plan to present the awards in conjunction with the city of Birmingham’s Empowerment Week, also that month.

The thing is, heroes don’t always sing their own praises. That’s why we need your help. Please help us by nominate someone worthy, or by spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook. We don’t want to miss out on anyone who is working today for human rights. The deadline for nominations is February 18. Download the nomination form, or simply follow these instructions:

Submit a typed form with the following:

1) The candidate(s)’ name, hometown, title, and organization or project
2) A description of how they are making a difference (250 words)
3) Supporting materials: articles, a bio or C.V., press kits, awards, testimonials, or other written materials that demonstrate the candidate(s)’ impact
4) A photo of the candidate(s)
5) Your contact information:
a. Name
b. Phone number
c. Email address
d. Affiliation with candidate(s) (self-nominations encouraged)

Submit your completed nomination materials by February 18, 2013 to:
kim_cross (at) timeinc.com or
Heroes of the New South
c/o Kim Cross
2100 Lakeshore Dr
Birmingham, AL 35209


  1. Bemsaunt

    So glad that this magazine is honoring civil rights work!! It is still necessary.

    February 20, 2013 at 2:42 am

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